Middle Grades Math: Assessing the Debate Over the When and How of Algebra
by Jesse Senechal, Ph.D. (Fall 2014)
This project was evaluated by MERC and a report published by MERC for Bridging Richmond.
Within discussions of K-12 math, the middle grades are framed as a critical period of transition between the foundational concepts presented in elementary math classes and the more abstract upper-level math classes that are traditionally associated with the high school level (i.e. Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus). Over the past wo decades important debates have occurred among educational research, math educators, and education policy makers as to the p roper approach to middle grades math policy. At the center of this debate is the question of how and when to integrate algebra in to math course sequence.